An Indian court has granted bail to seven Kashmiri students who were arrested for allegedly celebrating Australia’s victory over India in the men’s Cricket World Cup final last month. The students were detained in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir after one student filed a complaint accusing them of using anti-India slogans and cheering for Pakistan along with Australia after the match.
The region of Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has seen a bloody insurrection against New Delhi for decades, and Muslims in the region have in the past cheered for the competing side in India cricket matches as a way of protesting Indian rule.
The arrests were seen as a way to intimidate locals using the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. However, police dropped the UAPA charges and an Indian court granted bail to the students on Saturday. The court imposed a condition that the students should be available for investigation and “shall not indulge in any anti-national activity.”
The students still face allegations under other Indian laws related to making statements inducing public mischief. Australia had entered the World Cup match as clear underdogs against an all-conquering India side but emerged victorious in the final match on Nov. 19.
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